Winning Bids

Bolster Contractors deliver you a highly detailed Final Build Proposal that is always on target with your Bolster Architect's design and your budget. Below is a few winners so you know what to expect.


Rooftop Renovation, TriBeCa | November 25, 2016 | Project in Progress

For most New Yorkers, having any private outdoor space is close to winning the real estate lottery. But to turn the space into an oasis where you can unwind in style, no matter the season? That’s another proposition altogether.

One Tribeca couple has owned their top floor loft and 765-square foot rooftop space for about 20 years, furnishing the latter simply with pressure-treated lumber, a few planters and some old lounges and chairs. Seeking an upgrade from barebones functionality to a year-round sanctuary for relaxing and entertaining, they wanted to create a weather-resistant retreat featuring an outdoor kitchen and private shower... Continue reading on

Brownstone Parlor Floor Renovation, Crown Heights | November 03, 2016 | Project Complete

For many New Yorkers, “historic brownstone” roughly translates to “dream home.” But renovating one can be prohibitively expensive if you do everything at once. That’s why some owners opt to upgrade in stages, which allows them to prioritize their renovation wants and stay within a tighter budget.

One such couple decided to kick off the overhaul of their 120-year-old, Crown Heights, Brooklyn brownstone with a gut renovation of the ground (“parlor”) floor, which they hope to rent out afterward.  The job will entail creating a new bathroom and kitchen, replacing windows and doors, and making structural upgrades.  

The fact that the gut renovation is in a standalone house is saving both time (the construction timeline is a mere two and a half months) and money.  The owners’ attitude helps too... Continue reading on

Luxury Prewar Kitchen Renovation, Upper West Side | October 06, 2016 | Project in Progress

Two of the biggest pain points for buyers of older New York City apartments tend to be old bathrooms and kitchens renovated in an out-of-sight, out-of-mind era—a time when bathrooms resembled functional closets more than aspirational spas, and food prep was perceived as a dreary chore rather than an activity that could be enjoyed together with family and friends.

One couple who recently bought a Central Park West two-bedroom loved the gorgeous prewar layout but knew the seriously outdated galley kitchen had to go.

“This particular kitchen, like most we find from the early 20th century, was originally designed as a utility space rather than living space,” says Bolster Architect Agustin Ayuso. “It was dark, hidden and not designed for people to linger and have ... Continue reading on

Rooftop Renovation, Battery Park City | June 16, 2016 | Project Complete

Transforming private outdoor space into an oasis is not your average kind of renovation—especially in New York City. 

Among other issues, stairs often don’t go all the way to a rooftop and the elevators often run from within the home--and  can be unreliable--so getting materials up can be very tricky. Power can be challenging, too, because you may have to run cables back to a panel inside the building. Also, a specialized rigging company may be needed with a cantilevered I-Beam and a pulley so you can hoist materials up the exterior of the building – that also adds to the insurance costs.

One Battery Park City co-op owner with direct access to a 1,130-square foot rooftop space on the 37th-floor recently engaged Bolster to help them transform his rooftop ... Continue reading on

2-Bed, 1.5 Bathroom postwar Co-op Renovation, Upper East Side | March 31, 2016 | Project Complete

The owners of this East 60s postwar co-op, a brother and sister who recently bought the apartment for the brother to live in and as a family investment, decided that the 1,400-square-foot, 9th-floor corner unit would benefit from a refresh to its 70s-era kitchen and dated bathrooms.  Their renovation budget was a relatively modest (for New York City) $150,000.

In February, they approached Bolster. They wanted to dedicate the bulk of their budget to the full renovation of the kitchen, the master bathroom and hallway half-bath.

The biggest challenge with this project is trying to maximize the client’s modest budget while both ... Continue reading on

Prewar 3-Bed Co-op Renovation, Cobble Hill, Brooklyn | March 03, 2016 | Project Complete

What goes into an extensive renovation of an apartment in a historic New York building—and how much does it cost? Bolster provides an in-depth look at one such project: the renovation of a three-bedroom, one-and-a-half bathroom co-op in a turn-of-the-century Cobble Hill limestone building.

The apartment owners, a young professional couple for whom this is their first home, wanted a gut-renovation of the master and hall bath, re-plastering of all walls, new flooring, and custom carpentry before they settled into their new digs. Bolster contractor Aaron Borenstein supplied the winning bid at $223 per square foot.

Here we break down the... Continue reading on

Apartment Combination, Upper West Side | February 25, 2016 | Project Complete

Technically and legally, combining co-op or condo apartments usually just requires removing a kitchen and creating a doorway-sized opening in a wall to join the two units. 

You could get that done for around $5,000 to $10,000. But to create something that will be worth more than the sum of its parts on resale and actually feels like a home in terms of flow, functionality and durability, most people undertake pretty extensive renovations.”

For example, one Bolster client on the Upper West Side spent about $436 per square foot, to combine three adjacent co-op apartments... Continue reading on